Rainbow – Bent Out of Shape, 1983

Bent Out of Shape is the seventh studio album released by Rainbow. Bent Out of Shape would be Rainbow’s final studio album before their twelve-year hiatus from the studio. It also proved to be the band’s final studio album with vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, bassist Roger Glover and keyboardist David Rosenthal, and their only one to feature drummer Chuck Burgi.

The album’s cover was designed by Hipgnosis, and alongside Led Zeppelin’s Coda, the artwork was amongst the last to be created by the studio before disbanding in 1983.

This album is more formulaic radio friendly rock/pop from Rainbow. “Street of Dreams” is a nice melodic ballad and a great display by Joe Lynn Turner. “Drinking with the Devil” sounds like AC/DC inspired riffage and lyricism, pretty uninspired track but not bad. “Snowman” is the best track on this album. An ambient and melancholic instrumental.

Tracks:

  1. Stranded (4:30)
  2. Can’t Let You Go (4:24)
  3. Fool for the Night (4:04)
  4. Fire Dance (4:30)
  5. Anybody There (2:44)
  6. Desperate Heart (4:37)
  7. Street of Dreams (4:28)
  8. Drinking with the Devil (3:44)
  9. Snowman (4:33)
  10. Make Your Move (5:25)

Rating: 4/10

Genres: Hard Rock, Power Metal

Personnel:

Joe Lynn Turner – lead & backing vocals

  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • David Rosenthal – keyboards
  • Roger Glover – bass, percussion, producer
  • Chuck Bürgi – drums

Run Time: 40:25

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